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Turtles thrown a lifeline

Sadly, only an estimated one in 1,000 to 10,000 turtles survive to adulthood because of predators, particularly humans, who have contributed to their extinction.

Now among the endangered species of this world, each year thousands of hatchlings emerge from their nests on the Gibraltar Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, where they are monitored, protected, then released by a retired English educator, Melvyn Tennant, who has dedicated his life to saving theirs.

Tennant, a game warden 10 years ago, started releasing turtles into their natural habitat - the ocean. In 2013, he released 14,600, an exploit that is now being celebrated by tourists who visit the legendary Island Outpost Goldeneye and the elegant Jamaica Inn resorts.

Tenant approximates that about 2,000 visitors now watch the phenomenal turtle releasing on the island's north and east coasts, between St Ann, St Mary, and Portland.

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